Sunday, October 17, 2021

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir


This book is absolutely awesome!  It is absolutely my favorite book that I have read this year.  Middle school science teacher, Ryland Grace, has been recruited to help save the earth from an alien microorganism that is eating the sun. When he awakens in a space ship, he can't remember who he is, where he is, or why.  The book cycles between his memories of the past as they return to him and his attempts to find out why another star is able to resist the alien microbes so that he can send that information back to earth.  It just so happens that an alien spaceship from another planet whose sun is also being eaten is there for the same reason and soon Ryland and Rocky, the name he gives to the alien, work together on a solution to the problem so they can save both their planets.  

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik


It is now senior year and El and Orion have successfully cleansed the Scholomance of  the majority of the deadly mals, but can they survive graduation?  Can they help their friends survive with them?  There is more sorcery, romance and intrigue in this second book in the series which ends with a major cliffhanger.  

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Boy Underground by Catherine Ryan Hyde


In 1941, fourteen year old Steven Katz has made friends with 3 sons of men who work on his father's farm.  This is not socially acceptable to his family, especially because one of his friends, Suki, is Japanese.  As the war goes on, Manzanar, a Japanese relocation camp is built nearby, Steven's friend Ollie joins the army and Nick, who Steven has feelings for, is in trouble with the law.  Steven struggles with his feelings, and his family, and tries to protect his friends. 

Friday, October 1, 2021

Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki


This book has much sorrow as well as much joy.  Katrina has been abused because she is transgender and she longs for love and acceptance.  Shizuka has made a deal with a demon to provide him with talented violinists and she thinks that Katrina can fit the bill as her last student. And Lan, an alien who is running a donut shop while trying to save her family, and possibly the universe, falls in love with Shizuka. Can they help one another and banish their demons?  

Thursday, September 30, 2021

A Spindle Splintered Fractured Fables #1 Alix E. Harrow


I listened to the audio book of this fun to read feminist fractured fairy tale.  On Zinnia's 21st birthday, she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and is pulled into another reality in the multiverse where a beautiful princess is trying to avoid both her sleeping beauty curse and the prince.  Can Zinnia help the princess and escape her own curse - an environmentally caused genetic disorder that has her time counting down to near zero now?   This is a totally fantastic story and I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica


Do you ever feel bereft after finishing a book because it's over?  That is how I feel after reading this book.  The story is intense and I listened to the audio book in two days.  The story is told by 4 characters over two timelines - the present, and eleven years before when two women and a child went missing.  Eleven years ago, a woman named Shelby went missing, followed by Meredith and her 6 year old daughter, Delilah.  Eleven years later, Delilah shows up. Meredith, her son Leo, Delilah, and their next door neighbor Kate take turns telling parts of the story as it goes back and forth between the present and eleven years ago.  The plot twists and turns and goes in unexpected and unusual ways.   

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Jessica Arden


In this cute paranormal cozy mystery, Paige makes a wish and an app appears on her phone which allows her to investigate the murders of ghosts, who she can now see.  Her hedgehog also talks to her and the first murder victim she chooses is one whose murder is blamed on a friend of hers.  Of course, she must clear her friend's name and solve the  mystery!  The story is fun to read, with some romance included as well.